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The Elusive eBook

Why doesn't the Library have a larger selection?

Not all publishers allow public libraries to purchase their books in an electronic format. This means that many of the eBook and digital audio titles you want are not available for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to purchase and lend. We believe in the freedom to read and learn through your public library - in all formats.

We want you to have access to the materials you want, but we can't solve this access issue alone. Tell us what is important to you.

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Hachette:
As of May 2103, Hachette offers its complete digital book and audio catalog to libraries. However, library pricing is significantly higher than the price individuals pay for Hachette titles.

HarperCollins:
HarperCollins makes all of its eBooks and digital audio books available to libraries. However, as of February 2011, the publisher instituted a policy that each title must be repurchased after the 26th time it is checked out.

Macmillan:
Some eContent is available to libraries from this publisher. Macmillan sells digital audio titles to libraries and a selection of ebooks from some of their imprints. However, each title must be repurchased after 24 months or 52 check-outs, whichever comes first. Popular Macmillan titles not available as eBooks through libraries are Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly, The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, and Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnmen.

Penguin Group USA:
As of September 2013, Penguin’s complete digital catalog is available to libraries. However, titles must be repurchased after one year, regardless of how often they have circulated.

Random House:
Random House makes all of its eBooks and digital audio books available to libraries. However, in March 2012 library prices for their titles increased.

Scholastic:
Some eContent is available to libraries from this publisher. Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, sells digital audio titles to libraries. Their eBooks, while available through one library ebook supplier, are still not available through the library ebook suppliers with whom CLP currently contracts. Popular titles include The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and the 39 Clues series by various authors.

Simon&Schuster:
Some eContent is available to libraries from this publisher. Simon & Schuster sells digital audio titles to libraries, along with about a dozen of their eBooks. Popular Simon & Schuster titles include Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult, Kill Shot by Vince Flynn, 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.